When Vero Beach, Florida police stopped Justin Lee Williams,24, for an improper turn and suspicion of DUI, he allegedly had a curious defense: he had only five minutes to get to the store to buy beer.
The stop occurred shortly before 1:00 a.m. and Williams’ field test showed that he was legally drunk. He is being held on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence.
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3 thoughts on “Private Necessity Defense: Man Claims He Was Speeding to Get To Liquor Store Before It Closed”
Are we sure that the driver here wasn’t named Charles Barkley? I agree with Sally that it is good that this guy was taken off the street. At least for one night.
Hey that was a valid reason to be speeding. Why would the officer arrest the poor guy?
Some people are not very understanding of dire situations!!
On a serious note though, I am glad to see that this drunk moron got caught.
Jonathan: … Maybe this guy should have claimed his constitutional right to travel (SHAPIRO v. THOMPSON (1969) 394 U.S. 618) ? My favorite excuse tendered by a client in ANY case was that he needed the car he had stolen in order … not to be late for his regular Saturday session at the Sheriff’s Work Project. The judge didn’t think that was a sufficient reason. Oh, well…I guess there’s no satisfying SOME people.
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